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Photo 1: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan heat things up in “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Photo 2: Dakota as innocent Anastasia Steele, Photo 3: E L James’ infamous erotica series sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, Photo 4: “Fifty Shades of Grey” opens nationwide on Valentine’s Day, reserve your tickets now!


  • By Ashley Halverson
  • Photo Courtesy of Universal

You read the book… and then you read the next one… and the next one. You gushed with your girlfriends and blushed with your boyfriends. You perused the local naughty shops to pick out the perfect props. You browsed hotel sites for the rooms that had big beds with proper posts to plan that surprise romantic weekend away with your mate and his new silky grey tie. And… you’ve been waiting… yearning… dreaming about Christian Grey coming to life on the big screen. Well ladies, it’s finally here… and Valentine’s Day is sure to be extra steamy this year! The highly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey film based on the bestselling book of the same name finally opens this month and females around the globe will be flocking to theaters to watch the fantasy unfold.

The Fifty Shades trilogy by British author E L James has not only topped the bestseller lists, it has ignited fires in ladies loins and caused fifty shades of controversy worldwide. The series sold over 100 million copies! Over the past few years, no Halloween party has been without a disciplining dominatrix or my favorite—the paint palette person dressed only in an array of paint samples in varying shades of grey. I also greatly enjoyed seeing the hilarious Fifty Shades: The Parody last year during its run at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. I highly doubt I have to particularize the movie plot as I don’t think that is truly the topic on everybody’s minds at this time. But I would like to let you know that for anyone afraid of or uninterested to commit to the books—beyond the bondage I believe there actually is a decent story (a love story) within—especially as you get further into the series. When a friend offered to lend me the trilogy, I wasn’t sure if I would even finish the first book but, like millions of others, I got totally sucked in and had to read them all through to the end.

If you are already a fan of the trilogy then you have probably contemplated the various cast choices. (I know many booed when heartthrob Charlie Hunnam backed out.) It took some time to finally decide that Dakota Johnson would play the innocent and naïve literature student Anastasia Steele to Jamie Dornan’s handsome and rich beyond riches but controlling and complicated Christian Grey. Like them or not, they are ready to deliver and prove their fifty shades of worthiness to the Fifty Shades fans. I have to say I love the choice for Christian’s adoptive mother, Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, the ever so graceful, lovely and talented Marcia Gay Harden. The film is filled with a bounty of beautiful people overall. Johnson is already teasing and pleasing audiences with her character by hanging naked and bound from the ceiling in The Weekend’s “Earned It” video. This new smokin’ hot video was directed by Fifty Shades director Sam Taylor-Wood and in true BDSM fashion, contains a slew of scantily clad sexy servants as well.  “Earned It” is just one of many songs of the soundtrack that will likely end up in your iTunes account this month. While you wait you can also check out Ellie Goulding’s video for the soundtrack’s song “Love Me Like You Do.”

Did I mention they offer a Fifty Shades wine line? Perfect for date night, appropriately offered in both Red Satin and White Silk. Don’t have a date?  Follow Ryan Seacrest’s advice and find a theater where groups of single girls might go see the film. Hang out in the lobby after the show and wait. You might just reap some benefits if you play it right.

It’s almost hard to tell if in the end this movie will be truly satisfying—if it is anything like the books—it will leave you wanting more. But if you are ready, “Mr. Grey will see you now.”

Fifty Shades of Grey opens in theaters on Valentine’s Day.

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